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May 1, 2017: Michelle Stirling, Contract Communications Manager with Friends of Science.

Chris Ritter capably introduced Michelle Stirling who is a communications contractor currently with Friends of Science. She previously worked overseas on Marcom Projects with global leaders like Intel, Iscar, Hamlet, Rafael, and Bental. Also as sub-contractor career and employment counselor for Alberta Employment and Immigration. She worked for Alberta Environment for a period and as producer/director/writer (various combos) at ITV Edmonton, ACCESS Educational TV, CFCN TV, and on various feature film scripts. Her presentation today is "Evidence over Ideology".

Michelle provided sobering facts and thought-provoking commentary on climate conditions.

Friends of Science is a non-profit organization run by dedicated volunteers comprised mainly of active and retired Earth and atmospheric scientists, engineers, and other professionals. They have assembled a scientific advisory board of esteemed climate scientists from around the world to offer a critical mass of current science on global climate and climate change to policy makers, as well as any other interested parties. They also do extensive literature research on these scientific subjects. Concerned about the abuse of science displayed in the politically inspired Kyoto protocol, they offer critical evidence that challenges the premises of Kyoto and present alternative causes of climate change.

Their major environmental concern is the significant shift in recent years away from the important emphasis of previous decades on continual reductions in air and water pollution, to focus almost exclusively on global warming.

Michelle StirlingThe current obsession with global warming is misguided in that climate fluctuations are natural phenomena and they suggest that adaptation should be emphasized rather than misguided attempts at control.

Michelle provided some common misconceptions about global warning:

  • Global temperatures are rising at a rapid, unprecedented rate.
  • Human-produced carbon dioxide has increased over the last 100 years, adding to the greenhouse effect, thus causing most of the Earth's warming over the last 100 years.
  • CO2 is the most common greenhouse gas and computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming. CO2 is a pollutant.
  • The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has proven that man-made CO2 causes global warming.
  • Global warming will cause more storms and other weather extremes.

"It is our opinion that the Sun is the main direct and indirect driver of climate change."

Refer to for answers to the foregoing.

Friends of Science values your input, either on the science or policy of global warming. And, if you're as concerned as they are about global policy based on weak science, please join them to spark a national and international debate on global warming.

Jude Hanen expressed the thanks of the club and presented our world famous Boltman, as an expression of our appreciation.

  • Michelle Stirling, Jude Hanen, and Terry Felton Michelle Stirling, Jude Hanen, and Terry Felton

reported by Mike Carlin

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